Monday, January 18, 2010

The Smell of Fear (Mass. Senate Race)

Even if democrat Martha Coakley ultimately wins the special election in Massachusetts tomorrow to fill Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat, it has been entertaining to watch the developing shock and horror among partisan democrats on television at the almost unthinkable prospect that she might actually lose to republican Scott Brown tomorrow. 

Embedded below is a lengthy 10 minute video from MSNBC this morning. But what's interesting about it, I think, occurs at about the 45 second mark, when Chris Matthews announces the results of a final opinion poll showing Coakley trailing Brown by double digits.  Listen to the audible, spontaneous, collective gasps among the hosts and guests of Morning Joe.  (You can almost hear them each saying to themselves in disbelief, "Don't these ungrateful people know what's good for them!?!?")  I thought that the subsequent 9 minute analysis by Mike Barnacle and Chris Matthews about the local factors that may be driving the election was also interesting (like Martha Coakley apparently implying mistakenly on radio that Red Sox world series hero Curt Schilling was a Yankee).

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